Camp A1C: Empowering kids with diabetes

TOPEKA (KSNT) –Β There’s a day camp taking place in Gage Park this week.

It’s for some really awesome kids who live each day with blood sugar finger prick tests and injections.

It’s a week-long program called A1C Camp for kids with type one diabetes.

Type one diabetes is an auto-immune disease where your body no longer produces insulin.

It’s a chronic condition where it’s vital to give yourself insulin through injections or an insulin pump.

This camp lets kids meet other kids who are going through the same thing just like them.

A hot day in Gage Park….and these kids are just having some good ol’ camp fun.

These kids, who have type 1 diabetes….are learning about how to live a healthy life – and that they aren’t alone.

“Well, I got it in first grade and so, this march it will be 4 years,” A1C Camper Ashtyn Parcaro said.

The A1C Camp is meant to empower kids who are dealing with a disease that can be life-threatening.

Some of these kids have been diagnosed when they were two, four, 11 years old.

They face a daily challenge of strict carb counting, insulin injections and blood sugar testing.

“Normally on a daily basis, you probably have to check it 7-8 times,” Parcaro said.

“She has to check her blood sugar 4-3 times, she has to do shots sometimes,” A1C Camper Brody Byrne said. Byrne’s sister has type one diabetes.

“I don’t check my blood sugar at night, so I don’t know how many times my dad has to check my blood sugar,” Parcaro said.

KSNT News Anchor Cristina Frank had a chance to share her story with these campers. She was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 11 years old. She has been wearing an insulin pump for more than a decade.

Kids at the camp come with insulin pumps in all different colors.

Some had glucose monitors and transmitters taped to their arms.

Right before snack, everyone has their sugars tested.

And while there is time for parachute and checking out zoo animals and other camp stuff – the main message here….is these kids are just kids.

“It makes me feel important. I think that to see how many people how many people have it and how many people know how hard it is to go through diabetes,” Parcaro said.

The camp is put on by Cotton-O’Neil Diabetes and Endocrinology Center along with Family Service and Guidance Center.

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